Gaborone — New envoys to Botswana representing Zambia and Switzerland Mr Mwansa Kapeya and Mr Nicolas Brühl December 2 presented letters of credence to President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi.
Mr Kapeya will be based in Gaborone and Mr Brühl in Pretoria.
President Masisi said he had developed warm relation with Swiss Confederation president Mr Ueli Maurer and was looking forward to strengthening existing relations between the two countries.
Concerning Zambia, President Masisi said the country had been Botswana's closest ally since 1966.
Given the historical ties between Botswana and Zambia, he said he had impressed upon his Zambian counterpart Mr Edgar Lungu the need to continue strengthening the bond of friendship between the two countries.
For his part, Mr Kapeya noted: "We have a lot of Zambians staying in Botswana, and we also have Batswana staying in Zambia. Coupled with the major project, the Kazungula Bridge which is over 90 per cent complete, we could say that our two countries have warm relations, and we are looking to building on our friendship."
He said the two countries needed to look at strengthening their economic partnership.
"Both our countries are mining giants, therefore we need to collaborate and share technologies in the field of mining. We are importing some goods from each other's countries, and this will also be improved by Kazungula Bridge," Mr Kapeya said.
For his part, Mr Brühl said his country would look at means of developing a better trade partnership with Botswana.
"There are many Swiss tourists who come to Botswana, and what the country has in terms of nature is good.
There is opportunity for us to explore improving our trade relations," Mr Brühl said.
He said with Botswana endowed with minerals such as diamonds and Switzerland having an advanced jewelry industry the two countries could look at how they could collaborate.
Mr Brühl said Botswana continued to be a country which was exemplary in terms of governance.
He described as impressive Botswana's strong institutions, regular democratic elections and a free press.
Source : BOPA